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12. The Importance and Dangers of Ritual
Ritual, so important in Judaism, can sanctify our daily lives and bring an awareness of God into our physical activities. However, spiritual living is divested of life when ritual becomes habitual. Topics include: The prohibitions against "idolatry" and "graven images" and their relevance to Jewish life today; The necessities and dangers of anthropomorphic biblical imagery; The arguments among the Kabbalists about whether one is permitted to pray to the sefirot o The meaning and purpose of kavanah; The relationship between repetition and transcendence; Necessary skills for Being and Becoming. (one-time lecture min 2 hrs)

13. Jewish Identity: Before, During and After the Holocaust
What does Jewish identity mean to you? Is it an affinity with Jewish religion? Jewish culture? Israel? Family nostalgia? How has the holocaust affected Jewish identity? These ideas and more will be explored in this interactive seminar. (one-time lecture, min 2 ½ hours )

14. JOY: An Approach to Life
Rebbe Nachman insisted, "It is a great mitzvah to always be joyous". But how and why, and did he really mean "always"? Join us as we explore the mysteries of Jewish joy - the kind of joy that comforts, stimulates and opens the door to spiritual transcendence; joy that provides heart and healing and serves as a channel for deeper understanding of Torah and mitzvot. Learn to distinguish between the different levels of rejoicing as we contemplate the five Kabbalistic rungs on the ladder of transition. Understand the nature of sadness and depression. Grapple with Biblical and Talmudic passages which seem to suggest that G-d can become sad. Explore Rebbe Nachman's powerful teachings about joy and overcoming depression. Discover the "impression of goodness" that serves as a vessel for renewal long after the joy is gone. Indeed, come and taste the essence of joy at the core of Jewish consciousness. (one-time lecture, min 2 ½ hours)

15. Kabbalah and Creativity
Kabbalah teaches that there are 10 Divine attributes, sefirot, through which God creates and sustains the universe. Kabbalah also teaches that, as we are in the image of God, we have these qualities within ourselves, and we similarly create through them. In this 2-hour lecture, Rabbi Fleer will discuss how the dynamic interaction of the sefirot relates to the creative process. (individual lecture, min 1 ½ hours)
Lecture topics 12-15
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